Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Monday, 24 August 2015

Duke Kahanamoku

Today is the 125th birthday of Duke Kahanamoku, the Big Kahuna of modern surfing among his many other achievements, a world record breaking and gold medal winning swimmer who helped introduce the sport in the US and around the world, as well as saving lives at sea with his skills. He would make a surprising addition to a 1920s or 30s adventure.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Beyond The Gates Of Antares

To mark the announcement of the Doctor Who Miniatures Game from Warlord Games, I’ve been looking at their other lines. Their biggest creator-owned non-historical line is an SF wargame by Rick Priestley, Beyond The Gates Of Antares.

“In the Seventh Age of humankind the ancient Gates of Antares link or isolate worlds across countless galaxies. The evolved panhuman races wage unending war to control the technology of the Gates and the undiscovered systems beyond.”

It looks to be a setting with its share of heroes, villains, smirking superior types in need of being taken down a peg or two, and so on. Somewhere to pencil in a visit to once the Doctor and TARDIS are available a minis...

Doctor Who Miniatures Game

The Doctor Who Miniatures Game. Coming soon from Warlord Games, producers of the Judge Dredd and Terminator Genisys games as well as historical and genre miniatures in plastic, resin and metal - characters the Doctor could meet!

The Mundaneum

A Google Doodle today celebrates Paul Otlet, co-creator of one of the net’s predecessors, the Mundaneum, “an institution set up in 1910 which had the aim of trying to gather all the world’s knowledge and index it in a vast bank of drawers.” Its index card system is still used in libraries, and its guiding principle that everyone should have access to the sum of human knowledge is still something to aspire to.

And there has to be an adventure hook in there - aliens trying to steal it? The sum total of human knowledge in one place has to be useful for something. These days they’d have to go for one of those purposely anonymous server farms dotted around the world, like one owned by Google itself, and a chase through corridors lined with index card drawers sounds more fun...

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Mission Dalek

Want to make a fan film with the Twelfth Doctor and the Daleks? The BBC want to see it.

If nothing else, this is a great chance to grab some footage and audio. :)

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Hayley Atwell Is (Interested In Playing) The Doctor

YES! (From a Q&A on her Twitter account asking if she wanted to be in the show.)

The form of episodes to come...

Some purposely vague teasers for the new series from Steven Moffat. About the only new thing here is that Rufus Hound is appearing at some point... although what he appears as may explain something else people have been wondering about. Anyway, tread lightly if ye be wary of spoilers.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Casting news

Bethany Black moves from the Cucumber universe, joining Reece Shearsmith in the Mark Gatiss episode.

Indru Netru Naalai

Indru Netru Naalai is a Tamil time travel movie, with a mix of adventure and comedy (note the song about taking a selfie with Gandhi) in which “someone from the year 2064 decides to send a time machine back to 2015 as an experiment, and predictably it gets misused by everyone who comes into contact with it.” The machine itself refers back to The Time Machine with its seat and dish at the back, while it collapses into a more easily carried box.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

The Doctor is neither 100% male nor female - like all of us

Steven Moffat adjusts his answer to the question of a female Doctor in a rather interesting way.

“In my head, rationally, it seems to me - you know how human beings are never completely male or female; you’re mostly a woman, I’m mostly a man? - that maybe a male Time Lord is someone most of whose regenerations are male,” Moffat continued. “Maybe he’ll have a couple of female ones. The science-fiction of that would make sense to me. Otherwise I think life might be a little bit complicated on Gallifrey - or would it? I don’t think they’d care.”

Friday, 31 July 2015

Happy 50th birthday to J.K. Rowling, who helped Martha help Shakespeare save the world, nearly wrote an episode and was nearly the star of a Christmas special!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Preserve Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit!

A somewhat surprising use for Kickstarter from the Smithsonian. Having spent the better part of three days there when I was in D.C. as every huge museum was free, I'm happy to chip in.